A Companion to American Fiction 1780-1865 by Shirley Samuels

By Shirley Samuels

Content material:
Chapter 1 nationwide Narrative and the matter of yank Nationhood (pages 7–19): J. Gerald Kennedy
Chapter 2 Fiction and Democracy (pages 20–30): Paul Downes
Chapter three Democratic Fictions (pages 31–39): Sandra M. Gustafson
Chapter four Engendering American Fictions (pages 40–51): Martha J. Cutter and Caroline F. Levander
Chapter five Race and Ethnicity (pages 52–63): Robert S. Levine
Chapter 6 classification (pages 64–74): Philip Gould
Chapter 7 Sexualities (pages 75–86): Valerie Rohy
Chapter eight faith (pages 87–96): Paul Gutjahr
Chapter nine schooling and Polemic (pages 97–107): Stephanie Foote
Chapter 10 Marriage and agreement (pages 108–118): Naomi Morgenstern
Chapter eleven Transatlantic Ventures (pages 119–130): Wil Verhoeven and Stephen Shapiro
Chapter 12 different Languages, different Americas (pages 131–144): Kirsten Silva Gruesz
Chapter thirteen Literary Histories (pages 147–157): Michael Drexler and Ed White
Chapter 14 Breeding and studying: Chesterfieldian Civility within the Early Republic (pages 158–167): Christopher Lukasik
Chapter 15 the yankee Gothic (pages 168–178): Marianne Noble
Chapter sixteen Sensational Fiction (pages 179–190): Shelley Streeby
Chapter 17 Melodrama and American Fiction (pages 191–203): Lori Merish
Chapter 18 gentle limitations: Passing and different “Crossings” in Fictionalized Slave Narratives (pages 204–215): Cherene Sherrard?Johnson
Chapter 19 medical professionals, our bodies, and Fiction (pages 216–227): Stephanie P. Browner
Chapter 20 legislations and the yankee Novel (pages 228–238): Laura H. Korobkin
Chapter 21 exertions and Fiction (pages 239–248): Cindy Weinstein
Chapter 22 phrases for kids (pages 249–261): Carol J. Singley
Chapter 23 Dime Novels (pages 262–273): Colin T. Ramsey and Kathryn Zabelle Derounian?Stodola
Chapter 24 Reform and Antebellum Fiction (pages 274–284): Chris Castiglia
Chapter 25 the matter of town (pages 287–300): Heather Roberts
Chapter 26 New Landscapes (pages 301–313): Timothy Sweet
Chapter 27 The Gothic Meets Sensation: Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, George Lippard, and E. D. E. N. Southworth (pages 314–329): Dana Luciano
Chapter 28 Retold Legends: Washington Irving, James Kirke Paulding, and John Pendleton Kennedy (pages 330–341): Philip Barnard
Chapter 29 Captivity and Freedom: Ann Eliza Bleecker, Harriet Prescott Spofford, and Washington Irving's “Rip Van Winkle” (pages 342–352): Eric Gary Anderson
Chapter 30 New England stories: Catharine Sedgwick, Catherine Brown, and the Dislocations of Indian Land (pages 353–364): Bethany Schneider
Chapter 31 Harriet Beecher Stowe, Caroline Lee Hentz, Herman Melville, and American Racialist Exceptionalism (pages 365–377): Katherine Adams
Chapter 32 Fictions of the South: Southern photos of Slavery (pages 378–387): Nancy Buffington
Chapter 33 The West (pages 388–399): Edward Watts
Chapter 34 The previous Southwest: Mike Fink, Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Johnson Jones Hooper, and George Washington Harris (pages 400–410): David Rachels
Chapter 35 James Fenimore Cooper and the discovery of the yankee Novel (pages 411–424): Wayne Franklin
Chapter 36 the ocean: Herman Melville and Moby?Dick (pages 425–433): Stephanie A. Smith
Chapter 37 nationwide Narrative and nationwide background (pages 434–444): Russ Castronovo

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Wimsatt, Mary Ann (1989). The Major Fiction of William Gilmore Simms: Cultural Traditions and Literary Form. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press. A Companion to American Fiction 1780–1865 Edited by Corinne Saunders Copyright © 2004 Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2 Fiction and Democracy Paul Downes Pausing in the Autobiography to recall his early delight in reading, Franklin pays tribute to John Bunyan, the author of The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678): Honest John was the first that I know of who mix’d Narration and Dialogue, a Method of Writing very engaging to the Reader, who in the most interesting parts finds himself as it were brought into the Company, & present at the Discourse.

I would contend, moreover, that it is a version of this coincidence that anxious cultural commentators detected in the popular fiction of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Fiction’s broad license (everything and everyone could, in principle, enter its domain) drew attention to the dangers as well as the possibilities opened up by a radicalization of representability; and the conflation of democratic equality with the forbidden eroticism of sibling incest effectively suggests the thrill that fiction’s suspense – and democracy’s promise – offers so promiscuously.

Balibar, Etienne (1994). Masses, Classes, Ideas: Studies on Politics and Philosophy before and after Marx, trans. James Swenson. New York: Routledge. Barnes, Elizabeth (1997). States of Sympathy: Seduction and Democracy in the American Novel. New York: Columbia University Press. Baym, Nina (1984). Novels, Readers and Reviewers: Responses to Fiction in Antebellum America. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. Brown, William Hill (1996). The Power of Sympathy. New York: Penguin. (First publ. ) Butler, Judith (2000).

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